Don’t Be Afraid to Use Your Influence!
By: Patty Prosser
Oxford Languages defines influence as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.” But, it’s hard to know how to influence people or decisions if you aren’t in the rooms where these things are happening. However, as leaders, we can create influence, regardless of where we sit!
You can create influence just as easily by encouraging and supporting others, and going above and beyond- especially as organizations get “flatter”.
If you truly want to become a more influential “leader”, here are some tips I’ve found that can help get you invited into those rooms:
Invest in Other’s Success. Do something for someone else for no other reason that you see something in them that they may not see. Encourage those around you. Help them expend their own networks. The more you invest in people and look for opportunities to lift them up, the more others will see you as a leader with influence!
And, it wouldn’t hurt to work on the following:
- Listening without interruption
- Doing what you say you’ll do
- Staying focused on what matters
- Acting with Integrity and Character
Regardless of whether you are a manager or individual contributor, being aware of the opportunities to influence and connect with others, will not only help you increase you potential for success in your current role, but in future roles, as well.
If you’d like more information on improving your ability to Influence or other leadership topics, visit The Center for Leadership Excellence at www.cleindy.com or contact Patty Prosser, Coaching Practice Leader, at email@example.com or 317-727-6464.